Georgia Football: 10 Reasons Why the Bulldogs Will Win the 2011 SEC Title
Coming off of Mark Richt's worst season as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, many expect the Dawgs to be good, but not great in 2011.
The Dawgs have not had a great start to the summer with the departures of tailback Caleb King and offensive lineman Brent Benedict.
Do not fret, Georgia fans.
I have 10 reasons why the Dawgs will turn it around.
I have 10 reasons why Mark Richt will be off the hot seat come January.
I have 10 reasons why the Georgia Bulldogs will surprise everyone and win the 2011 SEC Championship.
10. Orson Charles
He's a wide receiver in a tight end's body.
In his third full year in Athens, Orson Charles will prove to be too much for opposing teams.
He's too big to be covered by a defensive back and too fast to be covered by a linebacker.
He will terrorize defenses this year.
9. Alec Ogletree's Move to Linebacker
In one of the biggest offseason moves, rising star Alec Ogletree moved from safety to outside linebacker.
With his size (6'3", 235 lbs) and quickness, Ogletree fits the mold of Coach Todd Grantham's ideal outside linebacker.
This move will give the Dawgs the fastest linebacking corps in the SEC.
Look for Ogletree to approach 100 tackles by year's end.
8. Special Teams
With Blair Walsh and Drew Butler, the Dawgs will likely have one of the best kicker/punter tandems in the country.
Combine them with Brandon Boykin's kick returning prowess, and the Dawgs will likely have the upper hand in special teams against each-and-every foe.
Even better news?
The Dawgs may have found their new punt returner in true freshman Malcolm Mitchell. This speedster has been turning heads in practice all summer.
7. The Boise State Game
Playing Boise State to start off the year is a win-win situation for Georgia.
They catapult themselves into the Top 10 and carry momentum into the South Carolina game.
They're no worse off in league play and have had a tough test in preparation for South Carolina.
6. Mark Richt Is Feeling the Heat
No one questions whether or not Mark Richt's seat is warm.
After an abysmal 6-7 record in 2010, he knows exactly what's at stake.
Which, ironically, is exactly why 2011 will be his best coaching year yet. He'll bring back the aggressiveness and creativity that were staples of UGA football in the early 2000s.
Richt will make sure the Dawgs finish the drill in 2011.
5. The Schedule
Georgia's schedule sets up perfectly for an SEC title run.
The Dawgs play eight games in the state of Georgia and have a bye-week before the World's Largest Cocktail Party in Jacksonville.
On top of all that, Georgia plays the weakest teams from the SEC West: Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
This is the year.
4. The SEC East Is Weak
Kentucky is average.
Tennessee is still rebuilding after the mess Lane Kiffin caused.
Vanderbilt? Well, they're still bad.
The only real threats to the Dawgs in the SEC East are South Carolina and Florida.
With a brand new head coach in Gainesville and quarterback problems in Columbia, the Dawgs will quickly rise to the top of the SEC Eastern Division.
Remember, folks: You can't win the SEC championship unless you get to the Dome!
3. Isaiah Crowell
I'm drinking the Crowell Kool-Aid.
One of the most highly-touted recruits in the nation, Isaiah Crowell will be leaned on heavily by the Dawgs this fall.
He'll have an immediate impact and will run the Dawgs straight to the Sugar Bowl.
2. The Duo of John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers
One of the biggest problems last year was the lack of penetration by our defensive line.
The reason? The Dawgs never had a true nose tackle to anchor coach Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense.
That won't be a problem this fall.
The addition of junior-college standout John Jenkins (6'4", 350 lbs) and the hard work of Kwame Geathers (6'6", 350 lbs) have given UGA two blue-chip defensive tackles for Todd Grantham to work with.
My prediction? Geathers and Jenkins will have the same impact as recent Auburn standout Nick Fairley.
I imagine they'll be in the opposing team's backfield quite often.
1. Aaron Murray
There's no question that Murray enters the 2011 season as the best quarterback in the conference. He put up incredible numbers as a redshirt freshman and looks to build on that success.
The main reason he'll be successful in 2011?
This is his third fall with the same head coach and offensive coordinator. Murray knows the playbook like the back of his hand.